Matt McCarten is a New Zealand political organizer. He has been involved with several leftist or center-left political parties, and is also active in the trade-union movement. As of 2010 he writes a weekly column for the Herald on Sunday.
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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Global Protest Shows Way for People Power
The only benefit of having the old Soviet Union around was that some capitalists in the Western world believed it really was a workers' state. The rise of socialist ideas prodded Western governments to make significant concessions to their citizens on the basis they might overthrow capitalism if they didn't. That was before we all realized that these co-called communist states were nothing of the sort.